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02Feb 2019

Pilgrim Challenge 2019

2nd-3rd February 2019, Sands

66 miles, 2 days

Pilgrim Challenge (2nd-3rd February): a two-day, 66-mile ultra marathon over the legendary North Downs Way - now in its 10th year!

Run, jog or walk your way across the impressive North Downs Way - firmly established as one of our most popular events. Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims travelling to Canterbury as you pass through stunning landscapes steeped in history. It's going to be a special year - come and celebrate our 10th anniversary with us.












The race soaks up ancient countryside, picturesque villages and areas of outstanding natural beauty. As with all of our events, everything is taken care of at the Pilgrim Challenge so you can focus on the experience! Overnight accommodation, evening meals, showers, breakfast, food and drink at checkpoints, free parking, and even inspiring guest speakers in the evenings are all included.

Detailed information about all elements of the Pilgrim Challenge can be found in our event instructions.

Steve Diederich

Amazing evening speakers


Hear from the brightest and the best from the world of ultra running with our programme of evening speakers. This year, we're pleased to welcome Steve Diederich - the UK organiser of the Marathon Des Sables - and our very own Susie Chan.

As well as the MDS, Steve Diederich is responsible for a host of multi-days, including the famous Coastal Marathon in Costa Rica. He'll be speaking on 'What on earth are you thinking' - a guide to survival, success and fun on a multi-day ultra.

Susie Chan, one of our XNRG coaches, has competed in some of the toughest ultras and endurance races on the planet, including the MDS. She regularly talks about her experiences, appearing on television and radio, and contributing to fitness podcasts and magazines. She'll be speaking about 'Myths and realities: what to expect at the Marathon Des Sables'.


You can enter the whole weekend event including food and accommodation, or individual days.

Entries will close one week before the event (or when full). A waitlist option will be available if the event becomes fully booked.

Pricing options

Early/Early Bird - £135 from 9th February 2018

Early bird - £145 from 1st April 2018
Standard entry - £155, from 1st June 2018
Late entry - £165, from 1st January 2019

Full event without accommodation or food - £116

Single day - £58
Optional accommodation and food for single day competitors - £30 per night

There is a Travelodge within 1/2 mile of the overnight stop and a Premier Inn 2.8 miles from the finish if you'd prefer to stay in a hotel.

Please note: a 2.5% service charge, levied by the registration software, will be added to your total. We are using a new entry system that takes payment through the secure system Stripe. No payment information is retained by Extreme Energy, or our entry system tool.

There's a 10% discount available for all serving military or emergency services staff. To book with your discount, please email us:

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Start / Finish

Registration will be open from 06:30 on Saturday at Sandy Farm Business Park, Sands Road, The Sands, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 1PX.

Start on day 1: Sandy Farm Business Park, Sands Road, The Sands, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 1PX
Finish on day 1: The Warwick School, Noke Drive, Redhill RH1 4AD, (TQ 285 508)
Finish on day 2: Sandy Farm Business Park, Sands Road, The Sands, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 1PX.


​The North Downs National Trail has excellent markings in the form of signposts or post discs. In addition, you will be given a route card and map, designed to help on any tricky sections. We recommend familiarising yourself with the route before the start of the race - for more information download our full race instructions.

Overnight accommodation

You'll stay at Warwick School, Noke Dr, Redhill RH1 4AD, with sleeping accommodation in a large hall and gym. There is a dedicated rest area, showers and dining area.

It's worth noting that accommodation is limited - however if you'd like to enter this event for either one or two days, you can do so at the non-accomodation included price.

Alternatively, you can book your own overnight accommodation - we've found rooms available at the Travelodge, Redhill (0.3 miles from finish) from £33 and at the Premier Inn (2.8 miles from finish) from £36. If you choose either of these options, we'll be able to give you a lift to and from your hotel - just let us know what you're planning to do when booking.

Aid stations

There will be four checkpoints each day, fully stocked with water, and sweet and savoury food to keep you fuelled.


The event is supported by a Course Manager and a fully qualified medical crew will be in attendance. We strongly recommend taking a moment to read our medical page before booking.


The only compulsory kit is a fully charged mobile phone and a minimum 500ml of water, but it's worth taking a look at our recommended kit list.

Other equipment may be made compulsory by the race director depending on the weather.

Getting to and from the event

By train

Trains run from London Waterloo to Farnham roughly every half an hour from 05:00. We'll be running minibus shuttles to the start on day one, with the last pick up from Farnham Station at 09:00. Let us know your train travel plans when you book.

For the return journey, trains run from Redhill to London Waterloo every half hour.

By road

Farnham is on the A31, A331 from Junction 4 of the M3. Redhill is on the A25, A271 and A25 from Junction 8 of the M25.

Looking for more information? Download our Pilgrim Challenge event instructions.

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Day 1
Day 2

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